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64 The PCB Magazine • November 2017 Drive Alert: Problem – Drowsy driv- ing. Solution – A patch placed on the temple can detect if the user is drowsy and wakes up the user. Technology – Circuits form a flexible patch with sensors detecting theta brain waves indicating if the user is drowsy or daydreaming. Fast Asleep: Problem – In 2015, there were nearly 4,000 Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDS) in the U.S., with 1,600 of those being at- tributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Because of this, 59% of working parents do not get enough sleep. Solution – A small wristband fits snugly around sleeping baby's arm and measures movements, oxygen, and heart rate, to let you know the baby is safe and sound asleep. Technology – Mounted flexible hybrid electronic wristband connected to device via Bluetooth. Take just a minute and read through this list of new product ideas. Can you identify the com- mon thread? Yes, they are all enabled by advanced technology, but would you believe that these products were all pitched in the last year by high school students? RA Solutions: Problem – RA is a chron- ic, inflammatory disease that causes mild to se- vere joint pain and stiff- ness, which can lead to a wide variety of dam- aged body systems in- cluding skin, eyes and lungs. Solution – The Relieve Sleeve, a pain reliever that administers heating sensations and applies electric pulses tailored to a user's needs. The functions are embedded in a compression sleeve for easy appli - cation around joints and muscles. Technology – Flexible battery, micro-coiling em- bedded in the compression fabric, Bluetooth chip to connect to the app, electrical pulses produced from thin wires, wireless charging hub for battery. Asthmex: Problem – According to CDC, 25.7 million Ameri- cans suffer from asthma. Between the years 1996– 2012, 8% of Olympic athletes suffered from asth- ma. 11.8% of the 7.8 million high school athletes in the U.S. have asthma. Solution – A chest band with a smart patch to de- tect asthma symptoms, which triggers and admin- isters medication via auto-injector. Technology – Smart fibers within the band detect symptoms of an attack specific to the individual. FlexFactor ™ : Faith in the Future FLEX TALK by Tara Dunn OMNI PCB

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